Written by
Mary R. Stanley

Using Therapy As A Tool vs. A Crutch

Published on 
March 4, 2023

Therapy is a tool that can help people improve their mental health and well-being. However, some individuals may find themselves becoming addicted to therapy, using it as a crutch or a form of escape from their daily lives. In this blog post, we will explore what it means to be addicted to therapy, the reasons behind it, and how to overcome it.

What is therapy addiction?

Therapy addiction, also known as therapy dependency, is a condition where individuals become reliant on therapy as a coping mechanism for their problems. People who are addicted to therapy may feel a constant need to attend sessions, even if they do not necessarily need them. They may also become anxious or distressed if they are unable to attend therapy.

There is no specific cause of therapy addiction, but it is often related to underlying mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, or trauma. Individuals who have experienced a traumatic event, for example, may become may become addicted to therapy as a way to cope with their emotions and avoid dealing with the root cause of their trauma.

The signs of therapy addiction can vary, but some common ones include:

  • Spending a significant amount of time and money on therapy
  • Becoming anxious or upset when unable to attend therapy sessions
  • Feeling a constant need for reassurance from a therapist
  • Believing that therapy is the only way to cope with problems
  • Avoiding taking action or making decisions without consulting a therapist

How to overcome therapy addiction

If you suspect that you or someone you know is addicted to therapy, the first step is to acknowledge that there is a problem. Here are some tips on how to overcome therapy addiction:

  1. Seek professional help

It may seem counterintuitive, but seeking professional help from the right therapist or counselor can be an important step in overcoming therapy addiction. A trained mental health professional can help you understand the underlying causes of your addiction and provide you with tools and techniques to manage your symptoms.

  1. Set realistic expectations

Therapy can be helpful, but it is not a magic cure. It is important to set realistic expectations for what therapy can achieve and to understand that it takes time and effort to see results.

  1. Develop coping strategies

Learning healthy coping strategies can help you manage your emotions and reduce your dependence on therapy. This may include things like meditation, exercise, journaling, or talking to a trusted friend or family member.

  1. Take action

Therapy can be a valuable tool, but it is not a substitute for taking action in your life. It is important to set goals, make decisions, and take steps toward positive change outside of therapy.

In conclusion, therapy addiction is a real phenomenon that can have negative consequences for an individual's mental health and well-being. Recognizing the signs of therapy addiction and seeking professional help are important steps in overcoming it. Developing healthy coping strategies and taking action in your life can also help you manage your emotions and reduce your dependence on therapy.

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